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Amsterdam, Netherlands Hotels and City Guide

Amsterdam Hotels and Amsterdam Guide with Amsterdam maps, top attractions, room reservations and hotel deals at a wide range of the best Amsterdam hotels

Amsterdam - Travel Tips

When to Go

Seasons
Amsterdam peaks with people around Easter and July-August but both of these times have their pros. April to May sees daffodils and tulips come to life through the cracks in the crowds. The beautiful summers are a great time to grab a bite and a drink alongside a canal. While winter can be a bit bleak it's rarely extremely cold, and sheltering in the cosy-hearthed pubs will give you a chance to meet 'real' Dutch. Also around this time accommodation is cheaper (except around New Year) and the best sights are all but deserted. 

Events
Remembrance Day, 4 Mar, some 20,000 locals remember the war dead with the Dutch Royal Family, Dam Square
National Museum Weekend, Apr, free entry to many of Amsterdam’s museums, throughout the city
Queen’s Day, 30 Apr, parades, fireworks and celebrations, throughout the city
Liberation Day, 5 May, celebrations to mark the end of German occupation in 1945, throughout the city
KunstRAI, May, major arts event, Amsterdam RAI
National Biking Day, 14 May, locals take to the streets on their bikes, throughout the city
National Windmill Day, 11 May, Amsterdam’s six working windmills open to the public, various windmills
Floating Amsterdam, last two weeks May, outdoor productions, River Amstel
Holland Festival, Jun, music, dance and drama, various venues 
Canal Run, Jun, race around the canals, Prinsengracht and Vijzelgracht canals
Over Het IJ, Jul, festival of experimental theatre, NDSM Shipyard Neveritaweg
Parade, first two weeks Aug, circus and fair, Martin Luther Kingpark
Grachtenfestival, Aug, over 70 classical concerts, various venues
Amsterdam Pride, Aug, gay festival with a canalside parade, various venues 
Flower Parade, first Sat Sep, colourful and fragrant parade through the city streets to celebrate the Dutch love of flowers
Amsterdam Marathon, Oct, around the city
Museumnacht, Nov, special presentations and performances in over 30 museums, which open their doors 1900-0200 that night, throughout the city
Christmas Day, 25 Dec, throughout the city
New Year’s Eve, 31 Dec, street party, Dam Square

Local Holidays
1 January: New Year’s Day (Nieuwjaarsdag/oudejaarsavond) Tuesday
21 March: Good Friday (Goede Vrijdag). National holiday, government offices and schools close; many businesses remain open
23 March: Easter Sunday (Paasdag)
24 March: Easter Monday (Tweede Paasdag)
30 April: Queen’s Birthday (Koninginnedag) Wednesday
1 May: Ascension Day (Hemelvaartsdag) Thursday
4 May: Remembrance Day (Dodenherdenking) Sunday; two minutes silence at 20:00
5 May: Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag) celebrated every year but a public holiday only every five years: next 2010
12 May: Whit Monday/Pentecost (Pinksterdag)
25 December : Christmas Day (Eerste Kerstdag/Kerstmis) Thursday
26 December: Second Day of Christmas (Tweede Kerstdag) Friday

Local Customs & Language (including Tipping)

Customs
In Holland, the use of cannabis is tolerated in designated 'coffee shops' in major cities. This policy exists to prevent the marginalisation of soft drug users thereby exposing them to more harmful drugs. However the trafficking in hard or soft drugs outside licensed premises is illegal and the possession of soft drugs in public places will incur a prison sentence. Everybody from the age of 14 is required to show a valid identity document to law enforcement officers on request. Tobacco smoking in cafés, bars and restaurants is prohibited.

Language
The official language of The Netherlands is Dutch (also known as Netherlandish), which is spoken by 14 million people. There are also nearly 6 million Dutch speakers in Belgium, mostly based in Flanders. English is widely (and well) spoken in Amsterdam as it is taught in schools from an early age. Many people also speak German and French.

Tipping
Service charges are included in hotel rates, restaurant bills and taxi fares, usually at 15%. Tips for good service are always appreciated but not necessary. It is customary to tip taxi drivers and waiters 10%.

Health and Security

Health
There are no health risks associated with travel to the Netherlands and no inoculations are required. It is safe to drink tap water. The standard of health care in the Netherlands is very high, but the necessary health insurance provisions must be made before travelling. A reciprocal agreement exists with other EU countries, which entitles nationals to low-cost emergency medical treatment. A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is necessary for this purpose.

Security
Travel in Holland is fairly safe. Travellers should however always exercise caution in empty streets at night and be aware of pickpockets, particularly in central Amsterdam and at Central Station. There have been several incidents on trains from Schiphol Airport where heavily laden passengers have been targeted by thieves. There is a risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks and visitors should be vigilant in public places and tourist sites, particularly since extra security measures have been set up around the country in response to concerns about a possible terrorist attack.

Police in Amsterdam are warning travellers of a new scam whereby tourists will be approached by 'plain clothes policemen' who claim to be investigating credit card fraud and counterfeit currency. Tourists are shown fake identification in the form of badges (Dutch police do not carry badges and plain clothes police will rarely conduct such an 'investigation'), and asked to hand over credit cards and money. This will be returned but with some money/cards missing. If approached, travellers are advised to ask for proper identification or to accompany them to the nearest police station. There is also an increase in the number of spiked drinks occurring in Europe.

Tax Refunds

All visiting tourists from another EU country can obtain a tax refund at shops displaying the tax-free shopping sign.





Hotels in Amsterdam, Netherlands

InterContinental Amstel

InterContinental Amstel

Professor Tulpplein 1, 1018 GX Amsterdam, Netherlands

InterContinental Amsterdam Hotel Amstel is a highly acclaimed tourist haven, frequented by many international celebrities and royalty. The InterContinental Amsterdam Hotel Amstel is renowned for its personalised and attentive hotel services and facilities. Featuring...




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Best Western Delphi Hotel

Best Western Delphi Hotel

Apollolaan 101-105, Amsterdam, NL-1077AN, Netherlands

The Best Western Delphi Hotel is located in an upscale residential area of Amsterdam and has recently been renovated. The spacious and contemporary rooms all offer comfortable duvets in fine cotton sheets and are equipped with wireless Internet and Pay-TV movies. In...




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Holiday Inn Amsterdam Hotel

Holiday Inn Amsterdam Hotel

De Boelelaan 2 AMSTERDAM 1083 HJ NETHERLANDS (HOLLAND)

Ideally located in Amsterdams leading business district, the Holiday Inn Amsterdam brings comfort, convenience and the delights of Hollands capital city within easy access. Renovated in 2003, the Holiday Inn has 256 guest rooms and two charming suites. Standard rooms...




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Hilton Amsterdam Hotel

Hilton Amsterdam Hotel

Apollolaan 138, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Famous for John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1969 bed-in, the canalside Hilton Amsterdam hotel is a short walk from Amsterdam attractions like the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House and the renowned Rijksmuseum.Enjoy fine Italian dining in the award-winning Roberto's Restaurant...




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Hotel Pulitzer

Hotel Pulitzer

Prinsengracht 315-331, Amsterdam, 1016 GZ, Netherlands

Overlooking two of the city's most picturesque canals, Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht, Hotel Pulitzer is ideally located in the middle of the old city center of Amsterdam more
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Sofitel Amsterdam The Grand

Sofitel Amsterdam The Grand

0udezijds Voorburgwal 197, 1012 Ex Amsterdam, Netherlands

Uniquely located between two canals in the historic city of Amsterdam, Sofitel Grand Amsterdam Hotel Demeure has a unique history of its own. From its humble beginnings as a simple convent to its present day status as a deluxe hotel, the Sofitel Grand Amsterdam Hotel... more
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Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre

Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 5,Amsterdam,1012 RC Netherlands (Holland)

The elegant Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre is a prestigious five-star hotel located in the historic heart of Amsterdam. Situated close to the Amsterdam attractions of Dam Square, Central Station, and Amsterdams canals and museums, Crowne Plaza City Center offers... more
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Crowne Plaza Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Hotel

Crowne Plaza Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Hotel

Planeetbaan 2,HOOFDDORP, AMSTERDAM,2132 HZ NETHERLANDS (HOLLAND)

Full Business centre - 8:00 am to 8:00 pm We make your meeting easy! Whether you are planning a training course for 10 persons, a prestigious banquet for 240 or a festive reception for 450 guests. The Crowne Plaza Amsterdam to Schiphol has the facilities, expertise... more
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Golden Tulip Apollo Amsterdam

Golden Tulip Apollo Amsterdam

Apollolaan 2, 1077 BA, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hotel Location Golden Tulip Apollo Amsterdam is ideally situated at the confluence of 5 canals. Due to its perfect location at only a few minutes walk from exclusive shopping streets, the RAI Congress Centre and the WTC, the hotel is absolutely ideal... more
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Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre

Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre

Nieuwezijdskolk 19, 1012 PV, Amsterdam

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NH City North

NH City North

Distelkade, 21, 1031 XP Amsterdam,

DescriptionThe NH City North offers you 12 conference rooms with capacities ranging from 4 to 200 people. The conference rooms have a warm and relaxed atmosphere and are equipped with air-conditioning and ISDN connections. Because of the large windows,... more
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Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel & Conference Center

Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel & Conference Center

Schiphol Boulevard 101, Amsterdam 1118BG, Netherlands

Hotel Introduction The only five-star hotel with direct access to arrival and departure halls. No taxi, no shuttle. Once off the plane you've arrived. Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel is an international meeting point, and an ideal base for... more
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Sofitel Amsterdam

Sofitel Amsterdam

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 67, 1012 Re Amsterdam, Netherlands

Beautiful Amsterdam is home to the Sofitel Amsterdam Hotel. Ideally positioned, this Amsterdam Hotel offers convenient access to several popular attractions which include the Royal Palace, Dam Square, and the cities entertainment and theatre district. The... more
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Swissotel Amsterdam

Swissotel Amsterdam

Damarak 96, 1012 LP Amsterdam, Netherlands

Swissotel Amsterdam delivers five-star business luxury in the heart of Amsterdam. Offering easy access to the city's cultural attractions and shops around Dam Square, and close to public transport, Swissotel Amsterdam is a popular choice for business and leisure travelers.... more
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Victoria Hotel Amsterdam by Park Plaza

Victoria Hotel Amsterdam by Park Plaza

DAMRAK 1-5, 1012LG Amsterdam NL

Hotel Introduction Excellent location in city centre, opposite central train station. Close to Dam square and Royal Palace. 305 well appointed rooms including executive rooms and suites. 10 conference rooms for up to 150 delegates with all... more
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Best Western Blue Square Hotel

Best Western Blue Square Hotel

Slotermeerlaan 80, Amsterdam, 1064 HD, Netherlands

Welcome in the Blue Square Hotel! Our new 3-Star Best Western Blue Square Hotel is situated at the edge of the centre of Amsterdam. With its easy accessibility and an underground parking garage, it is the perfect starting point from which you can discover Amsterdam and... more
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Best Western Blue Tower Hotel

Best Western Blue Tower Hotel

Leeuwendalersweg 21, Amsterdam, 1055 JE, Netherlands

This non-smoking hotel offers room rates including breakfast, citytax, WIFI and coffee and tea facilities and is situated at the edge of the centre of Amsterdam. With restaurant Saffron on the first floor, a hotel bar, meeting facilities for up to 250 persons and a next... more
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Best Western Dam Square Inn

Best Western Dam Square Inn

Gravenstraat 12-16, Amsterdam, 1012 NM, Netherlands

'Home away from home in the lively heart of the city.' Best Western Dam Square is the best choice you can make in downtown Amsterdam! Our hotel is a home away from home for tourists and business people alike. Just a stone throw away from Dam Square, next to the Royal P... more
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Best Western Leidse Square Hotel

Best Western Leidse Square Hotel

Tesselschadestraat 23, Amsterdam, 1054 ET, Netherlands

The Best Western AMS Hotel Terdam is located in a quiet side street off Leidseplein, with the city, theatre, casino, cinemas, countless restaurants, bars and discos just a stone's throw away. The historical city center with its canals, the Leidsestraat with numerous shops... more
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Eden Amsterdam Centre Hotel

Eden Amsterdam Centre Hotel

Nassaukade 387 390, 1054 AE, Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Centre Hotel is situated in the center of Amsterdam near the Leidseplein. All 70 rooms have a private bath/shower and toilet,telephone, radio, cable tv, safe deposit box and individual heating. The Hotel has a lobby with an intimate bar. By nice weather,... more
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Hotel Europa 92

Hotel Europa 92

1e Constantijn Huygenstraat 103-105, 1054 BV Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hotel IntroductionComfortable standard class hotel with 32 rooms located in the city centre near Leidseplein. Hotel offers ideal location-rooms with internet connection-VIP rooms-Honeymoon suite-bar and garden. For a comfortable weekend - Hotel Europa 92... more
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Mercure Amsterdam Airport

Mercure Amsterdam Airport

Oude Haagseweg 20, 1066 Bw Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hotel Introduction5km from Schiphol airport and close to highway intersection A9/A4 and the ring road A10. A few minutes to RAI Conference Centre. Modern rooms, restaurant,bar and several meeting rooms. Outdoor parking and free airport shuttle service.AccommodationNumber... more
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Mercure Amsterdam Arthur Frommer

Mercure Amsterdam Arthur Frommer

Noorderstraat 46, 1017 Tv Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hotel IntroductionSet in a quiet street in the centre of Amsterdam. Shops, restaurants and museums are within walking distance. The RAI congress center and the Zuidoost Business Park are nearby. The hotel offers 90 luxury rooms, bar, breakfast and limited... more
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Mercure Hotel Amsterdam Aan de Amstel

Mercure Hotel Amsterdam Aan de Amstel

Joan Muyskenweg 10, 1096 Cj Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hotel IntroductionThis modern 4 star hotel is perfectly located in the South of Amsterdam on waterfront, near the Amsterdam Arena Ajax Football stadium and within 10 minutes from the city centre of Amsterdam. Situated near the A2 and A10 highway. Schiphol... more
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NH Amsterdam Centre

NH Amsterdam Centre

Stadhouderskade, 7, 1054ES Amsterdam,

DescriptionNH Amsterdam Centre is the ideal location for conferences and courses for 10 to 80 people. The conference rooms are perfectly equipped for presentations, meetings, dinners, lunches, receptions or parties. You will be pleasantly surprised by the... more
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NH Barbizon Palace

NH Barbizon Palace

Prins Hendrikkade, 59-72, 1012AD Amsterdam,

DescriptionCONFERENCE CENTRE If you are looking for a location for a conference, dinner or product presentation that will keep your guests talking about it for years to come, then you have found the right place in St. Olofs Chapel. Its historical... more
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NH Caransa

NH Caransa

Rembrandtplein,19, 1017CT Amsterdam,

DescriptionNH Caransa has three multi-purpose conference rooms with daylight and air conditioning. The rooms are suitable for groups of up to 120 people, offering the perfect environment for conferences, training courses and receptions.LocationThe... more
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NH City Centre

NH City Centre

Spuistraat, 288-292, 1012VX Amsterdam,

DescriptionNH City Centre offers several options to help make your event a success. For instance, we have a glass-roofed winter garden, which can accommodate receptions for up to 100 people. In addition, we can cater for lunches and dinners for up to 125... more
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NH Doelen

NH Doelen

Nieuwe Doelenstraat, 24, 1012CP Amsterdam,

DescriptionEach of the multifunctional banquet rooms offers a unique setting for meetings, conferences or private dinner parties. The four rooms are not only fine examples of the hotel?s original architecture, but are also equipped to meet all your needs... more
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NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

Dam, 9, 1012 JS Amsterdam,

Description\nCONFERENCE FACILITIES \n Including the Grand Ballroom and the Amsterdam Room, the conference centre comprises 22 multi-purpose function rooms with a total capacity of 2000 people. The well-known Winter Garden dates from 1879. This... more
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NH Museum Quarter

NH Museum Quarter

Hobbemakade, 50, 1071XL Amsterdam,

DescriptionEnter the boardroom of the NH Museum Quarter and you will sense the NH feeling immediately. The excellent view over Amsterdams canals, the great amounts of natural light and the ambience in the boardroom guarantee a completely relaxed meeting.... more
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NH Schiller

NH Schiller

Rembrandtplein, 26-36, 1017CV Amsterdam,

DescriptionThe two restored boardrooms are suitable for both dinners and conferences. These private rooms can accommodate up to 12 people and both offer natural lighting. The various areas in the Brasserie are suitable for dinners of up to 150 people or... more
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NH Schiphol Airport

NH Schiphol Airport

Kruisweg, 495, 2132NA Amsterdam,

DescriptionThe 19 multifunctional conference rooms are equipped with high-tech equipment for information transfer and communications: ISDN and modem connections, video and LCD projectors. The conference rooms have flexible walls, enabling them to be enlarged... more
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NH Tropen

NH Tropen

Linnaeusstraat, 2c 1092CK Amsterdam, Netherlands

DescriptionOur spacious conference rooms, with their quiet locations and natural lighting, are perfectly equipped for training sessions, conferences and business meetings. The largest room, the Indonesia Room, can accommodate 100 people. We can also arrange... more
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Novotel Amsterdam

Novotel Amsterdam

Europa Boulevard 10, 1083 Ad Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hotel IntroductionConveniently located at Amsterdam South Center in the immediate vicinity of the RAI congress centre, the WTC and the Amstel citypark. Within 15 minutes from the city centre of Amsterdam, Schipol Airport, Amstel Business Park by public... more
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Tulip Inn Amsterdam Art

Tulip Inn Amsterdam Art

Spaarndammerdijk 302, 10 ZX, Amsterdam

This modern hotel displays works of art which attribute to the name of the hotel. The front desk and lobby are both situated in an open atrium. The hotel comprises of 130 rooms and suites equipped with either a bath and/or shower, direct dial telephone, radio, colour... more
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Tulip Inn Amsterdam City West

Tulip Inn Amsterdam City West

Reimerswaalstraat 5, 1069 AE, Amsterdam

Behind the renovated 1970's exterior of the Tulip Inn Amsterdam City West you will find a new and stylish hotel. It's 162 spacious rooms with air-conditioning, PAY-TV and direct dial telephones offers both the business and leisure traveller a home away from home. Our... more
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Tulip Inn Dam Square

Tulip Inn Dam Square

12-16 Gravenstraat, 1012 NM, Amsterdam

The Tulip Inn Dam Square is the best choice you can make in downtown Amsterdam. This very pleasant and quiet hotel is a home away from home for tourists and business people alike. The friendly staff makes every effort to ensure that guests enjoy their stay. At the Tulip... more
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Ibis Amsterdam Centre

Ibis Amsterdam Centre

Stationsplein 49, 1012 Ab Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hotel IntroductionCentrally located next to Central Station. Within walking distance to the Red Light district, the flower market and the famous museums. Direct link to the Congress Centre RAI using public transport. 187 air-conditioned rooms, bar and public parking.AccommodationNumber... more
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Ibis Amsterdam Stopera

Ibis Amsterdam Stopera

Valkenburgerstraat 68, 1011 Lz Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hotel Introduction3 star hotel in the city centre, a few minutes from the Stopera Opera house, the Dam square, Rembrandtplein and Waterlooplein. Easy acces by public transportor or car. Restaurant with courtyard and bar. Public parking opposite the hotel.AccommodationNumber... more
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Ibis Amsterdam Westcorner

Ibis Amsterdam Westcorner

Transformatorweg 36, 1014 Ak Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hotel IntroductionThe new pride and joy of the Ibis chain has 180 comfortable rooms. The hotel is ideally situated between the centre of Amsterdam and the famous commerce/business area of the city and features a restaurant, a cozy bar and public parking with a... more
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